"Drexel" is the fifteenth episode of Season 3 of The Blacklist and the fifty ninth episode overall.


Press ReleaseEdit

After the founder of a successful internet start-up is found dead, Red recognizes the crime scene as the work of a notorious killer. Liz and the task force work with Red to track the murderer through a dangerous underground news source. Meanwhile, Tom faces a life threatening situation, while Liz considers options for her baby.

Number on The BlacklistEdit

  • 113

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  1. This episode was a reference to the National Security Agency and its surveillance programs.
  2. Elizabeth Keen
    1. Liz cannot break free of Red. He has manipulated her into forming an emotional attachment and can blackmail her when needed.
    2. Why the interest in Liz’s personal life?
  3. Raymond Reddington
    1. The images used for the media art display seemed to be a foreshadowing of the storyline.
    2. How does Red trap people? Liz and Korpal stated that Red controls them.
    3. What did Red do/say to Reinder-De Groot and/or Geert Klerken to save Tom? Was it a threat or bribe?
    4. Why did Red tell the FBI where Turner was?
      1. A: Red didn't need him anymore.
      2. Q: Red has killed other Blacklisters after interrogating them. Turner can tell the FBI what Red wanted to know.
    5. Who sent the painting?
      1. A: Katarina Rastova commissioned the painting. Turner sent the painting to the art dealer.
    6. Who told Red that he should find the painting? He had to have been told this by somebody before any action of this episode started.
      1. A: Red was led to the painting by the sender and Turner's actions.
  4. Reginald Turner
    1. Why did Turner use the “artistic” murder to portray his social messages?
      1. A: Probably because it draws attention.
    2. Will Turner’s arrest lead the FBI to other criminal operations? He can tell them about his other targets.
    3. Why did Turner have the Reddington painting/draft in his loft?
      1. A: That seemed to be where he practiced his art.
    4. Why did Turner turn to crime after his first art exhibition failed?
  5. Nik Korpal
    1. Why did Korpal agree to work for Red? He stated that he regretted the decision.
    2. How did Red locate Korpal? Red did not know Korpal's name in “Leonard Caul“.
      1. A: Red could have learned his name from Liz, Dembe, or Nemec. He could have also used Glenn to find him.
    3. How did Red recruit Korpal? Was it a threat or bribe?
      1. A: Most likely money, as that was what originally got Korpal to help Red.
    4. Why did Red recruit Korpal?
      1. A: He needed another medic.
  6. Aaron Mulgrew
    1. Mulgrew’s use of the phone-home log competent was useless. He could/would not inform his superiors if he realized that the remote administration tool was being used by the “wrong” person. It is difficult to hide phone-home functionality in malware.
    2. Why did Mulgrew say “last day” when he saw the NSA administrator?
      1. A: Mulgrew did not say “last day“. His coworker said that. It meant that he thought someone was being fired.
      2. Q: Why did the coworker believe that somebody was being fired?
      3. A: He thought someone did something seriously wrong and would be fired for that, otherwise so many officials wouldn't be there.
  7. Why did Randy Brenner and/or Joseph P. Adelson not realize that the remote administration tool had been used against them?
    1. A: It was not turned against them. Randy Brenner and Joseph P. Adelson had their own copy, while Turner had his own copy.
  8. Why did everybody use the term remote access trojan?
    1. A: "Remote Administration Tool" doesn't sound nefarious to an uninformed person. The writers likely opted for this more obvious term while keeping the RAT abbreviation.
    2. A: RAT can refer to the Remote desktop software (Remote administration tool) or the Remote access trojan.
  9. Will the National Security Agency be able to regain control of the remote administration tool since the FBI found the hackers command center?

Slanders on the FBI, NSA, and PoliceEdit

  1. Why did the National Security Agency not know that the remote administration tool (RAT) had been stolen?
  2. Why did the Post Office task force state that a woman was incapable of the strength shown in Randy Brenner’s murder?
    1. A: The taskforce states that it is unlikely to be a woman because males and females typically use different methods of murder. Breaking a person's neck is more predominately found in murders by males. Removing these potential assailants helps the taskforce identify a suspect.
  3. Why did the local police deem the murder a robbery?


Main starEdit

Guest starEdit

  • Daniel London as Reginald Turner
  • Chris Chalk as John Addison
  • John Cariani as Aaron Mulgrew
  • Piter Marek as Dr. Nik Korpal
  • Samantha Soule as Rachel Hobbs
  • Ray Proscia as Geert Klerken
  • David St. Louis as Detective Quinn
  • Ben Livingston as Thomas McCloskey
  • Andres Munar as Editor
  • James Andrew O'Connor as Detective Savino
  • David Adkins as Paul Allond


  • Quincy Dunn-Baker as Randy Brenner
  • Holly Chou as Dr. Briggs
  • Ai Kiyono as Hostess
  • Tatsuo Ichikawa as Chef Hanzo
  • Michael Hauschild as Cubicle Mate
  • Los Jones as Security Guard
  • Hugues Faustin as Tactical Leader
  • Anjuli Sanneman as Edgy Art Student
  • Jake Soister as Rat Farm Security


External LinksEdit

Season 3 Episodes
 · The Troll Farmer  · Marvin Gerard  · Eli Matchett  · The Djinn  · Arioch Cain  · Sir Crispin Crandall  · Zal Bin Hasaan  · Kings of the Highway  · The Director  · The Director: Conclusion  · Mr. Gregory Devry  · The Vehm  · Alistair Pitt  · Lady Ambrosia  · Drexel  · The Caretaker  · Mr. Solomon  · Mr. Solomon: Conclusion  · Cape May  · The Artax Network  · Susan Hargrave  · Alexander Kirk  · Alexander Kirk: Conclusion  ·
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